Oliva Bowen has opened up about her six month old son Abel’s birth and revealed the “traumatic” experience saw him “not breathing” and left her wanting therapy.
The 28 year old comments came as she and husband Alex Bowen opened the doors to their five-bedroom home in Essex for a festive shoot with their bundle of joy.
Speaking exclusively to OK! as they reflected on the last six months with Abel, whose middle name is Jacob after Olivia’s brother, the Love Island couple confessed just how difficult the little one’s arrival into the world was.
“When he first came out he was placed on my chest and then they took him as he wasn’t breathing,” Olivia told us.
“It was so scary and really hard. I remember him being the other end of the room and Alex kept saying: ‘Is he OK? Is he OK?’ and no one was answering us.
“We didn’t know what was going on, but then finally he started crying and my heart nearly fell out of me. We were so relived and I can’t even describe the moment we first heard him cry. It was all worth it for that moment.”
The birth was equally traumatic for Alex, with the 31 year old admitting he felt “helpless” and scared.
The DJ said: “You feel helpless throughout and then seeing Liv in pain and not really knowing what is going on is hard.
“I had to take myself away a few times to cry. I wanted to be strong for Liv and I didn’t want her to see me crying.
“I don’t want to say it’s the worst experience of your life because it’s not, but some people say it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to them and, for me, it wasn’t as it was scary.
"Liv looked better than me at the end, she was so fresh!”
The couple, who welcomed their son in June, also revealed they are considering having therapy before giving Abel a brother or sister as they want to digest what happened during his birth.
“It was quite traumatic for me and Alex,” explains Olivia. “I’ve had therapy before and it really helped me, so we spoke to my mum after and she said if you need to process what happened, which we probably do, you could speak to the same lady you did before.
“We haven’t as of yet. I think time naturally heals and you progress through it and we’re very good at speaking to each other, but the option is there and there is no shame in it.”
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